Board of Directors
Carolyn Beavers, President
I am a life long animal lover, from dogs, cats, birds, horses to anything under the sun. Growing up an "army brat" I lived in some exotic places and got to learn first hand about many exciting species of birds, butterflies, insects and mammals. I used to sneak little white mice home in my purse from science class so they wouldn't be fed to the boa constrictors! I have been involved in caring for many birds of prey, including burrowing owls that I was responsible for with a raptor education group! I have always been the one in my household that would come home with a stray or lost animal or a hurt bird. I would nurse them back to health & either release them back to the wild if appropriate or find them homes. My husband and I have had weimaraners since 1998 and fell in love with the breed because of one special dog named Sterling! In 2005, I thought it was time for Sterling to have a buddy and started looking online for another weimie. I found a rescue and started volunteering. This started a new way to help animals that needed someone to care. I held many different positions over the years and gave my heart to working with these dogs. Sadly, Sterling passed away in 2008 . . . way too young! We have adopted many of our fosters over the years and now have a 16 year old weimaraner, a 10 year old weimaraner, a 6 1/2 year old weimy / german shorthair pointer mix and a very bossy 10 lb Italian Greyhound named Mini Cooper. There are numerous finches, canaries & parakeets that add beautiful sounds to our home and a Betta fish. I love working with the ladies of GGWR as they are all intelligent, caring human beings that enjoy helping these dogs as much as I do! Carolyn can be reached at 719-357-9047 or email@example.com
Maggie Dusenbery, Secretary
My first pets as a child were my dad’s Pointers, and I’ve been a dog lover for my entire life. I got my first Weim as an adult and had him for 13 wonderful, wacky years. When I lost him, I knew that the best way to honor his life was to love and help as many Weims as possible. Rescue has become a labor of love and for all the sadness that sometimes occurs, it’s vastly exceeded by the love and joy from seeing a dog go to a wonderful home and a great life. And, to make things even better, working with the amazing people who are part of GGWR adds to my sense of purpose and meaning. Weims have made me a better person, and I would not trade that for anything.
Maggie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Piazza, Treasurer
Hello! I am Jenny Piazza. I was brought to the weimaraner breed 11 years ago when a student teacher I was supervising needed to find a home for two weim puppies he had at his house. We adopted Scratch and Vogue who immediately stole our hearts. The more we learned about this breed while raising these two girls, the more we fell in love with weimaraners. In 2013, I found myself an empty nester. I contacted a few weiamaraner rescues and donated or volunteered. In 2014-16, I fostered around 13 weimaraners in need. With each foster situation, I learned more and more about this wonderful breed.
Like many of our members, I have been drawn to animals all my life. By the time I was 10, I was advocating for animal treatment. I worked for a veterinarian in my 20’s while teaching middle school science in inner city Oklahoma City. My friends and family know me as the woman with dogs. I come by rescue work naturally, and thank the members of Grey Ghost Weimaraner Rescue for all they have taught me throughout my work with them.
I currently own three weimaraners. Scratch, 11 years, Khaleesi, 4 years, and Mr. Robert Bojangles, a 6 year old rescue I adopted in 2016. I am excited to foster each new pup I receive. Each one has taught me something about the breed and about myself.
Jenny can be contacted at email@example.com
Carissa Cumine, Member at Large
I caught the weimaraner bug from my best friend, who was already volunteering with a weim rescue. She taught me the great value of rescue; it is such a shame there are so many discarded animals. I am a life-long animal lover, and volunteering is a great way to help dogs. I started out just doing transports. Even in a brief interaction it was always apparent to me that the dogs were grateful to be in a better situation and they knew their lives were taking an upward turn.
We have had a number of long-term fosters in the past but are now limited to temporary fostering because of our town’s bylaws and our quantity of resident animals. Although we own no weimaraners, I have long been enamored with the breed. The canine souls at Casa de Cumine (Betsy, 9 y.o. GSD mix; Rowdy, 1.5 y.o. American Bulldog mix; Dexter, 6 mo. old Great Dane) are as much a part of fostering as the humans; we are a foster family. It is so rewarding to see a foster dog blossom and start to learn to play or learn that humans are ok after all. And then to watch them move on to their fur-ever family - such a gift that they will continue to be loved the rest of their years.
Carissa can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pam Richmond, Member at Large
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Tracy Heicksen, Member at Large
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